Balfour finished the season with a 2-1 record. He had an ERA of 2.28, while striking out 56 batters and walking 17. Balfour pitched in only 55.1 innings (injury), in which he gave up 43 hits, 3 home runs, while keeping opponents batting averages to a low .216. Balfour was one of the most reliable arms for the Rays.
Balfour is a solid veteran pitcher. He has an average fastball, but mixes it with good location and off speed pitches to get hitters out. He is a very confident pitcher and is not afraid of any batter on the mound. Maddon relies on him heavily, but losing him to injury this season hurt the bullpen. Balfour is a middle reliever, but can pitch a few inning if called upon.
Balfour is a free agent and teams will be after him. I expect the Rays to move fairly fast to resign him because he is such a key member to the bullpen. The price for him will have to be right though, but expect the Aussie veteran to be a Ray next year and continue to add depth and reliable pitching to the bullpen. Final grade: B
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